World Hand Hygiene Day 2022: Know when and how long hands should be washed?

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World Hand Hygiene Day 2022: World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of May which emphasizes the importance of washing hands regularly. So let's learn more about the importance of handwashing.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2022: World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of May so that people can be made aware of its importance. To stay safe and healthy, it is very important to wash our hands several times a day. Since the importance of handwashing has also increased tenfold since the outbreak of COVID-19, personal hygiene is vital to your overall health. Making it a part of your daily routine has saved many lives while protecting against viral infections and flu.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2022: When should hands be washed?

Germs accumulate on your hands when you touch surfaces and objects throughout the day. You can spread these germs to others or infect yourself by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Although it is impossible to keep your hands germ-free, hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of various diseases, ranging from the common cold to more serious infections such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, flu, hepatitis A and various types of diarrhea.

Always wash hands when:

  • Before cooking and eating
  • If you are treating a sick person or an injured person
  • When wearing and taking off contact lenses
  • after using the toilet
  • Wash hands after sneezing, coughing, etc.

What is the importance of washing hands?

1. According to WaterAid, every year, 443 million school days are missed worldwide due to water-related illnesses and lack of hand hygiene.

2. According to the National Health Mission, about one lakh children in India lose their lives every year due to diarrhea. Which according to UNICEF, can be reduced by 40 percent by keeping hands clean.

3. There may be a 29-57% reduction in the number of people with gastrointestinal problems.

4. May reduce the number of people with weakened immune systems.

How long should hands be washed?

Hands must be washed for at least 20 seconds with the help of water and soap. Especially after using the restroom, before eating food, after sneezing or coughing, or whenever hands appear dirty.

How should you wash your hands?

To ensure that one stays healthy throughout life, it becomes important to inculcate the habit of cleanliness from childhood. To get rid of germs, follow these steps:

Wet hands with water.

Make a lather by rubbing the soap well on the hands.

Then clean the hands for 20 minutes. Scrub the back of the hands, wrists, between the fingers, and the insides of the nails as well.

Wash off thoroughly with water.

Clean and dry your hands with a clean towel.

If you have the option of washing your hands with soap and water, then it is better to use water and soap than sanitizer.

Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.